The Bloomington area had the lowest jobless rate last month at 3.9%, down from 4.9% a year earlier. Champaign-Urbana was a close second at 4.1%. That was down from 5.2%.
The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights area saw its unemployment rate fall to 5.9% from 7.1% a year earlier.
The statewide rate for April reported earlier this month was 6%.
But the department noted that only eight of the 14 metro areas it tracks added jobs. Those that lost jobs included Peoria, Decatur and the Carbondale-Marion area.